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This book is an excellent delineation of psychoanalytic principles. The author has been singularly successful in integrating within limited space the facts and theories of dynamic psychiatry and the pertinent contributions from other fields that bear on human behavior, including biology, cultural anthropology and sociology. He is always mindful of the integer of behavior, who in this era must adapt to a rapidly changing culture; for this person he offers much understanding.
Sapirstein discusses neurosis as a breakdown in the adaptation of a person to the environment, a definition which might serve illness in general. In the first third of the book he considers the causes of breakdown in adaptation and the defenses against anxiety which may develop when the state of equilibrium is disrupted. The basic defenses against anxiety are clearly described under the headings of flight, fight or looking for help. The person's use of these mechanisms determines
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